Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

White House Announces Millennium Communities Project

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

White House Announces Millennium Communities Project

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The White House has announced the establishment of a Millennium Communities program.

The noncompetitive program will award the national designation of "Millennium Community" to any municipality, county, township, or tribal government that takes a leadership role in marking the transition to a new century by undertaking local projects that reflect the theme, "Honor the Past--Imagine the Future."

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launched the initiative in a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors which called on local leaders to harness the millennial spirit as a force for positive change in every community across the country.

"This program gives us an opportunity to unite our communities through local projects that preserve our historical and cultural legacy and prepare citizens--particularly youth--for the 21st century," the First Lady said.

In a letter encouraging local governments to seek "Millennium Community" designation, President Clinton wrote, "Every community in this great land has cherished part of its past worth preserving--historic sites and artifacts that serve as living reminders of the ideals and creativity that have shaped our experience. Every community has something to give to enhance the lives of future generations and to revitalize our democracy. And every American can share in the excitement of this once-in-a-thousand-years celebration."

NLC President Clarence Anthony, mayor of South Bay, Fla., represented the National League of Cities at the announcement ceremony and expressed strong support for the program. …

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